Photo was taken yesterday in Grace Dieu Retreat House, near Tramore, Co.Waterford (Irl)

At about 7.30pm last evening, just as the sun was going down there was lovely light deep in the woods surrounding Grace Dieu Retreat House. The bluebells are coming into full flower at the moment and these were illuminated by the last rays of sunshine at the close of day.

Thought on Wednesday – April – 20/04/2011

‘Don’t deepen your relationship with the God society or even the church talks about. Deepen your relationship with the God you know, right now, the God who is constantly calling you into deeper union and communion. God is personal. God is unique’ ~St Ignatius

St Ignatius of Loyola is famous for his book called ‘The Spiritual Exercises’. In this book he encourages each person to find an experience of God that is meaningful for them. Whatever your experience, the invitation is to enable and allow you to grow in your relationship with God. It is like a flower. There are at least 10,000 different types of flowers all with their own unique name! Everyone though has their own favourite. It might be its colour, the time of year it flowers or its scent. It is special to you. How boring if there was only one flower, one colour with no variety whatsoever. The same goes with our experience of God. The variety is unbelievably wide and varied. This is healthy and positive. Your experience of God is personal, it is unique and it’s all that matters. As we journey through Holy Week treasure your experience of God. If it’s life giving, if it gives you energy and if it gives you a great sense of freedom, you’re on sacred ground. We walk on such sacred ground all this week.